You’ve taken the leap and signed up for your first yoga class. Now that you’re officially booked in, you’re probably wondering what to wear. With a range of options to choose from, there is yoga clothing to suit people of all shapes and sizes. In this article, we discuss pants, tops, yoga bras, and other clothing in more detail as we explore the beginner’s guide to yoga clothing.
When it comes to yoga clothes, yoga pants are particularly important. During your yoga class, you’ll probably be doing a lot of bending. Specially made yoga leggings, designed for yoga, will allow you to bend with ease and stretch into the pose. Try to pick up yoga pants made from a thick, quality fabric, such as stretchy cotton. Not only will these allow you to move, but they’ll also be thick enough to avoid visible underwear. This way, you can flow through each posture without the worry of showing the person behind you a little too much!
There are many different types of yoga top out there. Good quality yoga tops are designed to stay put as you move, meaning you don’t have to worry about your top riding up during complex asanas. Tighter fitting tops are particularly good for this purpose as they stick to your body enough to not ride up when you raise your arms or fall down when you’re in a V shape. Most classes involve a number of forward bends; with this in mind, it’s good to get a top with a high neckline. While a high neckline isn’t essential, it’s great if you’re self-conscious about showing too much cleavage. Another thing to keep in mind is breathable fabric. With many asanas inducing a sweat, opting for natural, breathable fabric is your best bet. Not only will breathable fabric keep you cool, but it will also allow the body to oxygenate sufficiently and subsequently improve your performance. Some fabric is even designed to absorb sweat, perfect for those who are a little self-conscious.
During the summer, many yogis enjoy practising outside. If the sun is shining, it’s important to wear a yoga cap or sunhat to protect your face and shoulders. While any type of sunhat will do, yoga caps are designed with movement in mind. The specially designed fit will keep the hat secure as you move and prevent it from getting in the way during your sequence. Good quality yoga caps will also be lightweight, breathable and quick drying, and also come with an adjustable snapback fastening to fit your head perfectly. Depending on where you live, you may be able to find an outdoor yoga class to participate in. If not, you can always take your mat into your garden or local park.
If you’re a female practitioner, a good-quality yoga bra is essential. Depending on your bust size, there are a number of styles to choose from. To decide which style works best for you, your best bet is to try some on. All yoga bras fit differently, so the most comfortable style will depend on your body shape.
A yoga hoodie definitely isn’t a necessity, however, it’s a great addition to your wardrobe if budget permits. During the colder months, the studio may be chilly when you first arrive. A cosy hoodie will keep your muscles warm before class and help to prevent strains and sprains. It’s also beneficial if you walk to the studio. If it’s too warm for a jacket, throw on your hoodie and you’ll be good to go!
In most yoga studios, you’ll be asked to remove your shoes as you enter. Not only does this keep the studio clean, but it also symbolises that you’re leaving the outside world behind and moving into a new space. Most yogis practice with bare feet but if you’re not comfortable with that, for whatever reason, you can wear a pair of socks. To avoid slipping on the mat, remember to wear socks with grips.
Unfortunately, not all yoga clothes come in every shape and size. Thankfully, many yoga shops are expanding their size range and making clothes suitable for curvy practitioners. If you can’t find anything suitable, you don’t have to go for specific yoga clothing. Any good quality sports pants or leggings will do the job, providing that you can move freely in them. Before spending your hard-earned cash, make sure that you feel comfortable in the clothing and you can’t see your underwear when you bend over. If you want to cover your arms, that’s fine! You don’t have to go for a tight-fitting, skimpy yoga vest. A long-sleeve top in a slightly looser style is perfectly acceptable.
Practised in a heated studio, hot yoga is designed to induce a sweat. When it comes to hot yoga clothing, less is more! Always go for breathable, sweat absorbent fabrics to keep you cool and comfortable throughout the class. Opting for low cut arms and slightly thinner material is definitely worth it, particularly if you’re prone to overheating. To avoid dehydration, be sure to drink enough water before class and pack a bottle into your bag to sip on throughout.
We all want to look our best, particularly when meeting new people. However, it’s best to put comfort before style when it comes to yoga clothes. Thankfully, many brands offer clothing that is both stylish and high-quality, making it perfect for your yoga wardrobe. For maximum comfort, avoid overly baggy yoga tops. If you’re not comfortable with skin-tight fabrics, that’s fine. Just try to avoid clothing that is likely to get in the way. Focus on high-quality fabrics that are designed for sportswear as these will keep your body cool and allow it to oxygenate sufficiently. Lastly, remember that the goal of yoga is to connect with yourself. Ultimately, the way you dress is completely up to you and as long as you feel comfortable, your outfit is perfect.